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MacDara Conroy

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

‘Operation Orca’ Set To Survey Scottish Killer Whales On Celtic Voyager
#MarineWildlife - The RV Celtic Voyager departed the Port of Cork yesterday (Wednesday 24 October) for ‘Operation Orca’, a 12-day survey of an offshore killer whale community associated with the Northeast Atlantic mackerel fishery. A team of marine scientists from…
No More Green Diesel For Irish Leisure Boaters, EU Court Rules
#GreenDiesel - Recreational boaters in Ireland face an end to fuelling with green diesel, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. According to the Irish Examiner, Ireland has been infringing EU law by allowing the sale of cheaper…
Patsy Dan Rodgers, pictured here in 2004, succeeded his father as King of Toraigh in the 1990s
#IslandNews - Tributes have been paid to Patsy Dan Rodgers, the King of Tory Island in Donegal who died late last week aged 74, as The Irish Times reports. President Michael D Higgins was among the first to hail Rodgers,…
Ferry Hits Yachts, Runs Aground In Foggy Cowes Harbour
#Ferry - A passenger ferry has been involved in a collision with a number of yachts amid foggy conditions in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, as RTÉ News reports. The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has confirmed that no…
Humpback whales are among the many species recorded by citizen scientists in the IWDG's datasets
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) datasets for cetacean sightings and strandings around the Irish coast are now back online after previous versions were corrupted in a cyber attack. The launch coincided with the hosting in Kilkenny…
Jim Warny ready to explore caves near his Ennis home in April this year
#Diving - Irish Water Safety has honoured cave diver Jim Warny for his role in the rescue of the Thai football team earlier this year. Warny also gave a presentation on the Tham Luang rescue operation at the IWS conference…
Vintage Windsurfers Set For Gathering In Dun Laoghaire This Weekend
Vintage windsurfers from all over Ireland are coming together for the first time in more than 30 years in Dun Laoghaire this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday 20 October) the National Yacht Club plays host to The Gathering, organised by Two Score…
Anglers Reminded Of Water Safety Guidelines As Drowning Death Toll Reaches 3 For 2018
Three anglers have died in Ireland so far this year as a result of drowning, according to the latest figures from Irish Water Safety. The sobering news has prompted a reminder from Inland Fisheries Ireland to all anglers to follow…
SmartBay Project Recruiting Community Liaison Co-ordinator
#Jobs - SmartBay Ireland is seeking to recruit a community liaison co-ordinator for its marine and renewable energy test site and subsea observatory in Galway Bay. The successful candidate will have a contract with SmartBay, but the focus of the…
Try Sailing At Howth Yacht Club’s Open Day Next Monday
#HYC - The doors of Howth Yacht Club will be open next Monday 22 October to anyone curious to try sailing or boating in North Co Dublin. HYC will be one of many clubs across Ireland holding open days to…
Puffins and gannets are among the seabirds making their home on Ireland’s Eye
#MarineWildlife - A Howth-based ferryman fears for marine wildlife on and around Ireland’s Eye when a planned sewage outfall pipe begins discharging wastewater in the area. Ken Doyle of Ireland’s Eye Ferries tells Dublin Live that any accidental contamination of…
Last Places Open On Latest VHF Radio Course At INSS
#INSS - Anyone who wants to get certified in the use of short-range VHF marine radio should look to the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) in Dun Laoghaire, which is running its next course from Monday. The four-evening…
Boats in winter storage
While some Afloat.ie readers plan to keep sailing through the colder months, and have surely taken note of UK Sails’ recent heavy weather sailing tips, most will have seen or will see their boats lifted out this month. Either way,…
Scientists recommend a further 61% cut in EU quotas for mackerel
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed held a key bilateral meetings on the margins of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg this week with his Danish and Spanish counterparts to discuss Brexit and fisheries priorities. Minister Creed met the…
Wet Wipes Scourge of Irish Beaches In 2018 Coastwatch Survey
#CoastalNotes - Wet wipes are “in abundance” around the Irish coastline as the annual Coastwatch Survey draws to a close this week. According to RTÉ News, citizen science volunteers taking part in the ‘eco-audit’ of Ireland’s coasts — which has…
Women taking part in a Try Sailing event during this year’s SeaFest in Galway
Irish Sailing is seeking expression of interest from Irish sailing clubs to host the inaugural Women at the Helm Regatta next summer, as well as subsequent events in 2020 and 2021. The debut regatta is set for two days in…
Howth/NYC sailor Rocco Wright was one of the stars of this year’s Oppy Nationals in Kinsale
#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club will host the 2019 Optimist National and Open Championships between 15 and 18 August, the International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland has announced. The association added that it is still in the process of finalising dates…
Volunteers Wanted For Howth Coast Guard
#Coastguard - Howth’s Irish Coast Guard unit is looking to recruit and train three new volunteers in 2019. If you live very locally to the North Co Dublin coastguard unit and are highly available, interested volunteers must attend an information…
Castletownbere RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Annette Hutton
#Lifeboats - Castletownbere’s all-weather lifeboat launched last night (Wednesday 10 October) to a Mayday from six fisherman whose boat lost power and was drifting rapidly towards the shore. Pagers sounded for the volunteer RNLI crew at 7.30pm following the alert…
Guy Kilroy and Adam Winkelmann’s ‘catch of the day’ was an unusually large fishing lure caught underneath their boat
Peter Kennedy made waves on Lough Ree when the current SB20 national champion took the Helmsman’s Cup at the weekend. However, a special mention must go to Water Wag pair Guy Kilroy and Adam Winkelmann for their ‘catch of the day’ as…
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